Daily Telegraph 'Brexit mutineers' front page has backfired, say MPs


Theresa May will face off against Jeremy Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions as Brexit splits grip their respective parties.

The Daily Telegraph's controversial front page today pictures the 15 Conservative MPs that they say are trying to derail Brexit.

On the eve of the debate, the government made an apparent concession to rebels MPs by promising a separate piece of legislation that would allow parliament to have a binding vote on any Brexit agreement.

PA Wire  PA Images                   Brexit secretary David Davis
PA Wire PA Images Brexit secretary David Davis

Nick Ferrari spoke to one of the "Brexit Mutineers".

The group of MPs includes former chancellor Ken Clarke, former education secretary Nicky Morgan, former justice secretary Dominic Grieve, and chair of the liaison committee Sarah Wollaston.

Tory MP Bob Neill, also named in the paper, vowed the "bullies will not succeed". We want a good Brexit not a hard ideologically driven Brexit. "We will work constructively for the best Brexit possible - that's our duty - and what parliamentary democracy is all about".

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Tempers frayed after Bernard Jenkin said any MPs who did not want to fix the Brexit date are "open to the charge that they don't want us to leave the European Union", prompting fellow senior Tory Anna Soubry to label him a "disgrace".

Baker, the pro-Remain Brexit minister, was quick to stand up for the Tory rebels' right to seek improvements to the bill, saying he regretted "any media attempts to divide our party".

However, government ministers were quick to disavow the front page, insisting that they did not want their party to be divided by the media and that they were working constructively with those Tories seeking improvements to the European Union withdrawal bill.

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He said: "I have to say I find this amendment by the government so very odd, because it seems to me to fetter the government, to add nothing to the strength of the government's negotiating position, and in fact potentially to create a very great problem that could be brought back to visit on us at a later stage".

The amendment fixing the date of Brexit will not be voted on until next month at the earliest, and the Government survived the early skirmishes in the battle to get the so-called repeal bill through the Commons.

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